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From James Crichton-Browne   18 August 1871


Sends CD a volume of West Riding Lunatic Asylum Medical Reports [1 (1871)], which contains some observations on blushing.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Aug 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 317
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7910

From V. O. Kovalevsky   19 August [1871]


A. J. Gaudry is one of few supporters of Darwinism in Paris.

The climate is so hostile that Kovalevsky must mitigate his views so as not to irritate the French.

Working on Anchitherium, which he believes is intermediate between Palaeotherium and the horse.

His brother-in-law has been arrested.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Aug [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 169: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7911

From F. E. Abbot   20 August 1871


Thanks CD for interest in FEA’s work and for money for Index. Sends 1870 volume of Index.

Praises CD’s services to free-thought.

Asks for CD’s view of the influence of his theory on religion, to use in lecture.

Author:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Aug 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7912

From J. F. McLennan   21 August 1871


Thanks CD for helping with arrangements for an American edition [of Primitive marriage (1865)].

He is an old friend of CD’s son-in-law, R. B. Litchfield, and of John Lubbock.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Aug 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7913

From Roland Trimen   [21] August [1871]


Intends to visit CD at Haredene.

Author:  Roland Trimen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [21] Aug [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 189
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7915

From James Lamont   23 August 1871



JL’s views on the sexual peculiarities of the bladder-nosed seal, Cystophora cristata.

Author:  James Lamont
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Aug 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 110–11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7917

From W. B. Dawkins   27 August 1871


Describes the successful excavation of caves containing interred remains of Neolithic man.

Author:  William Boyd Dawkins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Aug 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 127
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7918

To W. M. Hacon?   29 August 1871


Sends details of trains for a clerk to travel to Down from London and back.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Mackmurdo Hacon
Date:  29 Aug 1871
Classmark:  B. and L. Rootenberg (dealers) [2003]
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7918F

To Alexander Agassiz   28 August [1871]


Thanks AA for a ‘splendid case of gradation of structure’.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Agassiz
Date:  28 Aug [1871]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s, New York (dealers) (13 December 2018, lot 236)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7918G

From J. W. Clark   31 August 1871


Thanks CD for Beagle specimens donated to the Museum.

Asks for a live Helix pomatia for dissection.

Author:  John Willis Clark
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Aug 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 153
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7919

To M. T. Masters   31 August [1871]


Sends an article for insertion in Gardeners’ Chronicle.

Suggests sending a proof ‘as my hand-writing is so bad’.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Date:  31 Aug [1871]
Classmark:  Herne Bay Historical Records Society (Dr Tom Bowes’s scrapbook 4 p. 71)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7919F

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [31 August 1871]


In response to a query [from "F. W. B."], CD describes his experience with seeding Leschenaultia, which demonstrates that insect agency is required.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [31 Aug 1871]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle, 9 September 1871, p. 1166
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7927

To A. R. Wallace   1 August [1871]


On a "remarkable" letter from Fritz Müller [see 7820] about mimicry, protection, and sexual selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  1 Aug [1871]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7889

From Chauncey Wright   1 August 1871


Discusses revising his North American Review article [see 7829] for publication as a pamphlet in England.

Plans to publish a further article on phyllotaxy.

Author:  Chauncey Wright
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Aug 1871
Classmark:  DAR 181: 165
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7890

From L. H. Morgan   1 August 1871


John Lubbock’s paper [? "Remarks on stone implements from western Africa", Rep. BAAS 40 (1870): 154–5] opposes some of his best sustained conclusions.

Author:  Lewis Henry Morgan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Aug 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 240
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7891

From L. H. Morgan   [1 August 1871]


Sends abstract of a paper on hybridity read by Edward Moore to a natural history club in Rochester, NY. Argues the necessity of hybridity on CD’s theory.

Author:  Lewis Henry Morgan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Aug 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 240/1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7891F

To Fritz Müller   2 August [1871]


Opinions on Descent.

Sexual selection and mimicry in Lepidoptera; sexual selection as an aid to protective imitation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  2 Aug [1871]
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7892

To Theodor Piderit   2 August [1871]


Comments on TP’s work on mimicry.

Thanks for book he is sending [Wissenschaftliches System der Mimik und Physiognomik (1867)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Theodor Piderit
Date:  2 Aug [1871]
Classmark:  Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen, Abteilung Ostwestfalen-Lippe (D 72 Piderit, Theodor Nr. 8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7893

To Elliott & Fry   [2 August 1871]


Thanks for the photographs, which are "very good".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Elliott & Fry
Date:  [2 Aug 1871]
Classmark:  Dr Gene Kritsky (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7893A

From Asa Gray   3 August 1871


AG hopes to meet CD’s sons, who are visiting America.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Aug 1871
Classmark:  DAR 165: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7894
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